SUV collides with city fire truck

Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 10:04 a.m. CST; updated 12:48 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 5, 2009
This sport utility vehicle collided with a city fire truck at the intersection of Providence and Walnut on Thursday. The fire truck was responding to a residential structure fire at the time. The SUV suffered major damage.

COLUMBIA — A city fire truck collided with a sport utility vehicle at Providence Road and Walnut Street on Thursday morning.

Columbia firefighters were responding to a call of a structure fire at 310 Garth Ave., according to a news release. The truck left Station 1 at 10th and Ash streets before turning southbound on Providence.


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The release states the fire engine had its emergency lights and sirens on when it was struck by the vehicle. The emergency vehicle only suffered moderate damage but remains out of service. The SUV had significant damage.

According to the release, the SUV driver was evaluated by an emergency medical technician but refused treatment. No other injuries were reported.

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Charles Dudley Jr February 5, 2009 | 3:27 p.m.

Good job to the dork who hit a much needed city EMS vehicle!

I hope the judge pulls your license for a year it would serve you right!

Just another reason why we need more patrol officers writing tickets to the idiots on our city roadways and for judges to start imposing the maximum fines possible in all cases too.

Might also be a good time to look at doubling those fines to get the attention of these obvious idiots too.

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Clyde Bentley February 6, 2009 | 9:26 a.m.

If we can't afford more officers, would the proposed traffic cameras deter those drivers of limited intellectual capacity?

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Mark Foecking February 6, 2009 | 7:11 p.m.

I'd imagine this is a case of distracted driving. Fire trucks and ambulances have to use ever more deafening horns and sirens because people use their electronics to tune out the outside world.

A car is a deadly weapon. Cars cause 70 times more accidental deaths than firearms. Drivers need to treat them with the respect they deserve, or they should not drive. It's that simple.


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